Stephen Covey said, “If we keep doing what we we’re doing, we’re going to keep getting what we were getting.” Brian Tracey wrote, ” The more you do of what you’re doing, the more you get of what you got.” Well, I guess what they’re both saying is, if you want to get a different result, you have to do something different first. In other words…change.
Uhmmm, change is scary. Change is frightening. We often fear change because we think we will be worse off as a result of the change than we were before the change. (BOSS STATEMENT) Yet, change of all kinds is inevitable. But, you can ensure that change will always be for the better if you control the direction of change rather than allowing change to control you.
Question, What happens to water at 211 degrees Fahrenheit? Well, not much really. It gets hot and may have a few small pinpoint bubbles, but for the most part, it just lays there in the pot.
But, just add one more degree and the same water begins to boil. This is an increase in heat of less than one-half of the percent. But look at the change it generates. Peter Vidmar, the great American gymnast said, that in the 1984 Olympics he missed winning a silver medal by 25 one thousandths of a point, a difference half as great as the differences between hot water and stream. The great racehorse, John Henry won all of his races over a ten-year span and also won over seven million dollars for his owners. His nearest competitor over the same span finished second and won only 600 thousand dollars for his owners… even though he lost by an average of only 3 tenths of a second per race.
This point? Well it should be jumping out at you by now…in order to make BIG changes in yourself, you don’t have to change anything big. Look to make a small change, big changes are intimidating, scary. I don’t know about you, but I feel I can handle something small. Small changes make big differences.
And one more thing you can do to take control of change. Institute change when things are going well. Some people say “If it’s not broke don’t fix it.” If you wait till it’s broke to fix it then so much is lost during the down time, you lose your momentum, your focus. Things are so much easier to change when they’re not broke. That’s why I say, you don’t have to be sick to get better”.
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